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Checklist for Starting a Home-Based Business
SUCCESSFUL HOME-BASED BUSINESS entrepreneurs are • Open a business account under your company’s name.
passionate about their products and services. They are • Negotiate contracts with suppliers and lease agreements
disciplined and able to succeed in an unstructured environment. for premises & equipment.
The Canada Manitoba Business Service Centre (CMBSC) has • Set up a bookkeeping system.
put together the following checklist that goes over the most • Develop an inventory control system.
important steps in starting your home-based business and may • Establish credit terms with key suppliers.
help you stay focussed when you get started: • Register your Trade-mark, Copyright, Industrial Design or a
• Prepare a business plan. You can do your preliminary Patent with Canadian Intellectual Property Office.
research in the CMBSC Business Library. • Arrange for business insurance.
• Choose a business structure - sole proprietorship, partner- • Plan your workspace which includes lighting, ventilation,
ship, corporation or cooperative. Full descriptions are here. privacy, ergonomics and storage decisions.
• Register the business name. (see article on page 2) Call us today at 204.984.2272 or toll-free 1.800.665.2019!
• Ask for advice from other business owners as well as
professionals such as your banker, accountant, or lawyer.
• Determine zoning requirements as well as any possible TIP:
licenses or permits by contacting your local municipal Join Home Business
government. Manitoba (HBM). TIP:
• Set up a credit policy for your clients, if appropriate. Membership is available to
• Contact Canada Revenue Agency to register for collecting home business owners in Download our 16-page guide
Manitoba. on “Starting & Running a
GST/HST, remitting employee deductions, import/export taxes
and for information on expenses that you can claim.
View our online library for
hundreds of Home-Based
SMALL BUSINESS WEEK
October 16 - 22, 2011
The Canada Manitoba Business Service Centre (CMBSC) will be offering
workshops & other events for entrepreneurs including:
• Web Crit: Panel on the Critique of Small Business Websites
• Social Media Panel: What Experts Have to Say
Don’t miss out - register today! 204.984.2272 or 1.800.665.2019
Power Up Your Business:
www.canadabusiness.mb.ca/smallbusinessweek Invest. Innovate. Grow.
PAGE 2 Let’s Talk Business - SUMMER 2011
HOT NEW Support for Business Program $
RESOURCES Support at every stage of the business life-cycle
Check out our latest additions to the CMBSC DESIGNED FOR SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED Manitoba businesses, this program
Business Library: provides funding for product and process commercialization and business development:
• Start & Run a Home Staging Business Concept Development (Max $25,000): from concept to prototype development;
Product Development (Max $40,000): pre-commercialization activities like feasibility
• The Third Screen: Marketing to Your Customers
in a World Gone Mobile or engineering analyses, trial production and test marketing;
Product Commercialization (Max $200,000): from prototype to market-ready product;
• Planning Your Business: Research, Goals, and
Business Plans [DVD] Market Development (Max $30,000): materials and activities needed to enter new
• Multicultural Manners: Essential Rules of
Etiquette for the 21st Century Certification Assistance (Max $15,000): obtaining plant or product certification;
Intellectual Property (Max $25,000): securing intellectual property rights for the
Our library catalogue can be sourced di-
rectly on our website at: www.canadabusi- product or process.
ness.mb.ca//home_page/library. For Program Guidelines, FAQ and applications, contact:
Sep 1 Writing Clear Job Descriptions Register Your Business Name in
Sep 6 Cash Flow is King - Cash Flow &
Two Easy Steps
Sep 6 LinkedIn for Business WHEN YOU WANT TO INCORPORATE or register your business name, you need to
have the proposed name compared to existing ones already on record to be sure
Sep Manitoba Business Planning Work-
there is not a conflict. The Companies Office can help you do this in just two steps:
7-9 shop | FULL
Sep 8 Critical Elements of Customer 1. Search the Companies Office Registry.
Service • Pay $40; *
• Wait 24 hours (on average).
Sep 14 GST/HST Seminar – New HST * TIP:
Rules and Information Seminar for 2. Register your business name. CHECK FIRST with the CMBSC
New Registrants • Pay $45;
Library for a FREE PRELIMINARY
Sep 14 PST: An Introduction to Provincial • Receive your registered name, valid for three years; NAME SEARCH, using various data-
Sales Tax • Receive a nine-digit Business Number to always use bases and checking the Companies
Sep 15 Branding Basics when dealing with any government office. Office database. This may identify an
Sep 20 Business Opportunities and Ideas - www.gov.mb.ca/business/onenumber/index.html obvious potential conflict.
Choosing the Right One! For further information, contact:
Sep 20 The Basics of Exporting The Companies Office
Sep 21 Canadian Business Communication 1010-405 Broadway Winnipeg, MB R3C 3L6
Strategies for Immigrant Entrepreneurs 204.945.2500 or Toll-free: 1.888.246.8353 (in Manitoba)
Sep 22 Managing Workplace Violence
Sep 22 Pay-Per-Click (PPC) Marketing
Sep 22 Creating Connections – Networking in
Canada for Immigrant Entrepreneurs 250-240 Graham Ave. 204.984.2272 or
Sep 27 Are You Ready to Be an Entrepreneur?
Contact Winnipeg, MB R3C 0J7 1.800.665.2019
Sep 28 How to Start a Business in Manitoba Us!
Western Economic Diversification Canada and Entrepreneurship, Training and Trade
A full listing of CMBSC seminars can be viewed
directly at http://events.ebsc.ca/Default.aspx.
* Pre-registration is mandatory.